The Statutory Guidelines

Florida courts determine the amount of child support a parent owes based on mandatory schedules, or “guidelines,” set forth in Florida Statute § 61.30. The guidelines establish the minimum needs of a child in relation to the parents’ level of income. Parties to a divorce proceeding sometimes misconstrue child support as an

Florida Statute § 61.30 establishes Florida’s child support guidelines in divorce proceedings. As one court recognized, Florida’s child support guidelines are not actually “guidelines.” Boyt v. Romanow, 664 So. 2d 995, 997 (Fla. 2d DCA 1995). Instead, section 61.30’s support guidelines provide a mandatory schedule of child support intended to meet the minimum needs